Zero Mile Presents:
The Russ Liquid Test
Modern Measure, Pure Colors
887 West Marietta St. Studio C
Atlanta, GA, 30318
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The Russ Liquid Test
Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. Their debut EP 1984 featured an eclectic array of guest collaborators such as Mr. Lif and Ivan Neville—successfully creating an auditory canvas to forge The Russ Liquid Test’s irresistibly soulful future-vintage stylings.
A kinetic energy infuses each track on 1984. Giving way to a mixture of funk/jazz/electro, The Russ Liquid Test evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses, and moods. Featuring Ivan Neville on keyboards and the Funky Meters’ Russell Batiste Jr. on drums, the effervescent and synth-heavy title track “speaks about the current state of America from the perspective of an outsider,” as described by Scott. Lead single “Honesty,” meanwhile, finds The Russ Liquid Test slipping into a woozy psychedelia, offset by a brilliantly structured dichotomy introduced in its second-line-inspired groove.
At the heart of The Russ Liquid Test is an improv-driven musicality that began with Scott’s taking up classical piano. After spending several years playing in a jazz quintet on cruise ships and touring with psychedelic ska band Uprite Dub Orchestra, his one-of-a-kind artistry was unveiled in the genre-busting musical performance group MarchFourth Marching Band. Capable of playing the trumpet and saxophone, Scott quickly began experimenting with electronic music, eventually adopting the moniker of Russ Liquid. As his full-length debut, 2013’s Foreign Frequency showcased a forward-thinking mentality and fearless vision, anchored by an incomparable knowledge of music as a whole. “I wanted new colors to paint with,” says Scott of his foray into electronic music. “I kind of look at the electronic world as this whole other color palette, compared to the traditional sounds we’ve been working with for the past however many years.”
While on tour with Gramatik in 2014, Scott crossed paths with Block and discovered the duo’s shared musical tastes and philosophies. A South Florida native, Block grew playing guitar in his local Pentecostal church. “I wasn’t religious, I just wanted to play at that church because the music there was amazing,” says Block. He later relocated to New Orleans, pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time musician. The guitarist’s legendary endeavors reached fellow purveyors of soul/funk/R&B, ranging from Pretty Lights to New Orleans icon Dr. John. Capable of collaborating and working as a solo artist without missing a beat, Block released his 2014 debut You Can Only Go Up From Here on Gramatik’s independent label Lowtemp.
In the making of 1984, The Russ Liquid Test compounded their potent chemistry by bringing in a lineup of equally impassioned musicians. “Coming from a background of playing in bands and then getting into electronic music, I’d really
missed having that interaction with other musicians,” says Scott. “The most rewarding thing for me is being able to bounce ideas off other people, so that the music ends up having more than just one person’s vibe to it. Ultimately it lets you give the audience even more to connect with.”
The studio workhorses have already begun working on a sophomore EP. The Russ Liquid Test also presents a joyful sense of synergy in their high-powered live shows, with recent appearances including Shambhala Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Summer Camp, and Sonic Bloom, among others. No matter the setting, a clear multidimensionality can always be heard in The Russ Liquid Test’s projects. “We want to make people feel good but also give them something to reflect with,” says Scott. “It’s not about just making party music or music that’s more introspective—it’s for the full gamut of human expression, and we want it to be just as dynamic as life itself.”
Modern Measure is a hybrid electronica project like no other. Formed in Atlanta in 2013, MM has already set the bar high coming off of sold out performances in Atlanta, as well as touring across the United States, and a huge set at CounterPoint Music Festival. Kyle Holly shows you his musical vision through his project. Taking tracks he's produced in the studio, he then passes the tracks over to Charlie Thornton, for live manipulation and performance for a true Live DJ/ Live drummer combination that is a serious force to be reckoned with. In just a few short years, Kyle has shared the stage with acts such as STS9, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, Papadosio, ZOOGMA, Pnuma Trio, The Floozies, Break Science & many more. Guided by inspiration and sheer love for the music, Modern Measure creates a positive environment for both listening, and a complete live music experience. Thanks to Modern Measure's record label, 1320Records, MM continues to push the boundaries releasing remixes, EP's, and a soon to be full length album. Take note, as Modern Measure is a name to watch, and a name that you will continue to see for years to come in music.
Pure Colors is the funky, genre-bending concept behind electronic music producer, Joey Tuholski. His style is a shape-shifting and beautifully imperfect process intended to adapt to the portrayed mood of each track. It's "c h r o m a f u n k". He also thinks that since this is written in the third person, you will take him a little more seriously, but at the same time, hopes that you don't take him too seriously.
According to raverrafting.com, his music “hits you with the smooth disco feels in the same neighborhood as GRiZ and Pretty Lights, but still with it’s own original spin”. “Pure Colors puts his music together like a sonic magician, making a veritable hotchpotch of countercultural sounds from the last forty or so years” says Lost In The Manor. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA and his style serves a universal purpose: to move you and to make you move.
With support from The Pretty Lights Movement releasing an hour long mix of Pure Colors originals and the debut of his latest EP “A Deeper Love”, Joey is primed to bring his live performance to audiences in 2018. Whether he comes with a straight DJ set or breaks out the drum kit to showcase his years of work with the sticks, it’s sure to be a dance party you won’t forget!
$12.00 - $15.00
General admission. Standing room only.